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Iceland says coalition government collapses

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  1. Holy Diver

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    Iceland's government collapses - Europe- msnbc.com

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Iceland's coalition government collapsed Monday, leaving the island nation in political turmoil amid a financial crisis that has pummeled its economy and required an international bailout.

    Prime Minister Geir Haarde said he was unwilling to meet the demands of his coalition partners, the Social Democratic Alliance Party, which insisted upon getting the post of prime minister to keep the coalition intact.

    Iceland has been mired in crisis since the collapse of the country's banks under the weight of debts amassed during years of rapid expansion. Inflation and unemployment have soared, and the krona currency has plummeted.

    Haarde's government has nationalized banks and negotiated about $10 billion in loans from the IMF and individual countries. In addition, Iceland faces a bill likely to run to billions of dollars to repay thousands of Europeans who held accounts with subsidiaries of collapsed Icelandic banks.


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  2. wistahpatsfan

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    This sux for Iceland. It's their own fault, though. They were basically a huge hedge fund. Their personal debt-to-income ratio was in the high 200%
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    so is this like crushed ice?

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